A thief who stole a rug carpet due to hunger was sentenced to seven strokes of the cane and washing toilets.
A 24-year-old man, Daniel Sunday, who stole rug carpet at the Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja, was sentenced to seven strokes of the cane as well as washing the court toilets by a Gudu Upper Area Court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Sunday who pleaded guilty to the crime and begged for leniency, said poverty pushed him into the crime, was spared a prison term by the judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, who charged him to desist from crime or he will meet his bad side anytime he is broguht to court.
The prosecutor in the case, Corporal Israel Nongo, told the court that one Jacob Abineke had reported the matter at the Apo Police Station on June 20, stressing that Sunday stole a rug carpet on the said date and kept it near the complainant's duty security post in the estate.
He said that the complainant observed the rug, adding that later on, when Sunday came for the rug, he was arrested and the rug recovered from him.